The Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh has taken it upon himself to bring to the president’s attention the need not to be swayed by the commendations trailing his salary cut. Rather, Metuh wants the President to concentrate on meeting the promises made to the country.
“It is incontrovertible that instead of focusing on the promises you made to Nigerians and on policy thrusts that will move our economy forward, the ruling party has been made to be very high on propaganda, deceitful engagement and cosmetic governance.
“We believe you should extricate yourself from these agents of propaganda who continue to believe that Nigerians would be swayed by these cosmetic interventions instead of the real business of government.
“As the leader of the most populous black nation in the world, we believe you should not allow your Presidency to be pushed into the gimmicks of playing to the gallery and attempting to use the dramatisation of promissory notes and pledges by foreign interests, false and premature claims of victory against insurgency.
“The dramatisation of salary cut and rejection of official cars, were done to gain cheap popularity and create an impression that the government is on course when in actual fact the new administration has not been able to locate its bearing since its inauguration in May.
“While we appreciate the symbolic gesture by Mr. President in ‘cutting’ his N14m annual basic salary by 50 per cent, it should be noted that Nigerians would not be swayed by the N7m annual donation and rejection of official cars, and forget their expectations for the implementation of his long list of campaign promises for which he was elected into office.”